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I've tested all games again, now ALL of them are correctly dumped, even the problematic title "Klax" (that didn't worked in any firmware so far) is now correctly dumped AND working  ;D

For the "4-Mega-Games; her are the results:
-Asterix - autodetection of the ROM size - working - 512KB
-Golden Axe - autodetection of the ROM size - working - 512KB
-Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - autodetection of the ROM size - working - 512KB
-Sonic 2 - autodetection of the ROM size - working - 512KB

And the rest:
-Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - working - 256KB
-Global Gladiators - working - 256KB
-Klax - autodetection of the ROM size - working - 128KB
-Ninja Gaiden - working - 256KB
-Sonic 1 - working - 256KB
-The Flash - working - 256KB
-The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck - working - 256KB
-Wimbledon - working - 256KB
-Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap - working - 256KB

PS: "GoodSMS v3.2.0" still "didn't like" them

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[Matthias_H] Got files, deleted link. Thanks

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I now dumped all games that I have again with the new firmware v0.18c-alpha2 and here are the (sad) results:
(I didn't use HWB switching to test the auto-detection routine)

-Asterix - no autodetection of the ROM size - not working - 256KB
-Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - working - 256KB
-Global Gladiators - not working - 256KB
-Golden Axe - no autodetection of the ROM size - partially working - 256KB
-Klax - autodetection of the ROM size - not working - 128KB
-Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - no autodetection of the ROM size - partially working - 256KB
-Ninja Gaiden - not working - 256KB
-Sonic 1 - not working - 256KB
-Sonic 2 - no autodetection of the ROM size - not working - 256KB
-The Flash - working - 256KB
-The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck - working - 256KB
-Wimbledon - not working - 256KB
-Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap - not working - 256KB

PS: If you need the dumps to look into them, let me know.
PPS: "GoodSMS v3.2.0" also "didn't like" them

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No, none of my games have SRAM.
The only games I know that have SRAM are the following, which I unfortunately don't have in my collection

  • Golden Axe Warrior
  • Golfamania
  • Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
  • Monopoly
  • Penguin Land
  • Phantasy Star
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
  • Ys: The Vanished Omens

PS: Maybe some other Users can test this. Does anyone of you guys have at least one of the games above to test?

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I've now dumped all games with the new firmware (v0.18c-alpha) at 5V. All games were copyable.

The results are the following:

-Asterix - HWB switching - working - 512KB
-Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - working - 256KB
-Global Gladiators - working - 256KB
-Golden Axe - HWB switching - working - 512KB
-Klax - HWB switching - not working - 128KB
-Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - HWB switching - working - 512KB
-Ninja Gaiden - working - 256KB
-Sonic 1 - working - 256KB
-Sonic 2 - HWB switching - working - 512KB
-The Flash - working - 256KB
-The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck - working - 256KB
-Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap - working - 256KB
-Wimbledon - working - 256KB

PS: none of them are in "GoodSMS v3.2.0" for whatever reason

PPS: non-working "Klax"-ROM [TmrSega3.2501.sms] (Please find attached)

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I've more or less successfully dumped Sonic the Hedgehog [PAL Version] (Please find attached).
I flashed the Retrode 2 with the Firmware 0.17e, the voltage at 5V  and dumped 2 ROMs, first 64KB, the second 128 KB.
After that I tried different games but it falls back to the regular problem.
All other constellations (different voltage & different firmware) gave me the same problem as ever (256 KB ROM size & non-copyable).
At the first dump (64KB) it shows the titlescreen and after that the level select screen. Than the game freezes.
At the second dump (128KB) it only shows the title screen and freezes after that.
On both ROMs it plays the suitable music but the graphics are EXTREMLY buggy.

PS: "other firmwares" means:

    Retrode2-v0.18b_alpha
    Retrode2-v0.18a
    Retrode2-v0.17h-alpha
    Retrode2-v0.17g
    Retrode2-v0.17f
    Retrode2-v0.17d
    Retrode2-v0.17c
    Retrode2-v0.17b

PPS: "different games" means:

-Asterix
-Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
-Global Gladiators
-Golden Axe
-Klax
-Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
-Sonic 2
-The Flash
-The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck
-Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
-Wimbledon

I hope the explanation and the dumps help to understand the problem of the firmware.

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General Discussion / Re: GBA Rom Sizes
« on: 26/Mar/2013 10:14:19 PM »
That because the Retrode dumps only the "real" size of the ROM. That means it only dumps the part of the ROM that has the game data, not the part at the end of the ROM that contains empty data.
The NintendoDS-program "GBA Backup Tool" dumps, for example, the hole ROM including the empty data at the end. That the reason the ROM sizes differ between the Retrode and the ROMs found on the internet or that be dumped with, for example, GBA Backup tool.

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With the other plugins (N64&GB/GBA, second batch, with case) I did't have any problem.
With the "old" plugins I also don't have any problems. Even the first-batch-A2600-Adapter works thanks to Muzer's Firmware update.
Sad that it must be the SMS-Adapter, because it was the plugin I was looking forward the most.  :(

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The Plugin-Adapter for the Retrode doesn't work at the actual firmware (0.18b) and with older firmwares ist gave my always "GenericROMinSegaSlot" .
When I connect my Retrode2+Adapter+Game to my PC it shows the retrode.cfg-file and the ROM (TmrSega2.sms).
If I try to copy the ROM or to start it in an emulator the config file and the ROM disappears.
Also the READ-LED changes from off to permanently on.
The "Retrode-USB-Drive" (in my case "F:/") remains at "My Computer" but it's empty and will be empty as long as I don't re-connect the Retrode.
The other both adapters (N64 & GB/GBA) work fine (this one with the plastic shell aka Version 2)
I tried it out on both Windows XP Professional 32Bit and on Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit.
Always the same result.
Did anyone have the SMS plugin and know whats going wrong?

PS: Games are cleaned before, tested multiple games, multiple times
PPS: Also tested it now with my Retode 1 (FW: 0.17c), same result :-(

PPPS, Matthias_H: Stickied so other SMS users can find this thread more easily. Please find a Retrode 2 firmware under https://www.retrode.com/files/firmware/Retrode2-v0.18c-alpha3.zip, and let me know how it works for you. In case you want to test it on a Retrode 1 too, please let me know and I will compile a version for it.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone received theirs yet?
« on: 02/Jan/2012 05:42:40 AM »
I've got mine at December, 28th  ;D

For compatabilitiy lists you can check my blog. It contains only the games I own, but I hope they are useful for you  ;)

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